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Environmental Assessment- Design and Build Two Stacked Loop Hiking and Biking Trail Systems, Develop Three Trails on Existing Roads, Analyze Bike Use on Park Trails

The National Park Service is pleased to announce that the Hiking and Bicycling Trail Plan/Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) is now available for public review and comment.

The NPS has prepared a plan and environmental assessment to design and construct two stacked loop hike and bike trail systems in the Craig Branch and Garden Ground areas of New River Gorge National River. The plan/EA analyzes the potential impacts of constructing new trails and of allowing bicycle use on the newly constructed trails and select existing trails and administrative roads within New River Gorge National River. The plan/EA describes three alternatives and identifies the NPS Preferred Alternative (Alternative B).

Please review the document and respond to the Topic Questions below.
Comment Period: Closed        01/26/2011 - 03/04/2011
Topic Questions Instructions:
-Consider the Topic Questions then number your responses to match the corresponding question.
-For specific comments, please identifiy the page number and line number in the plan related to your comment.
-Please feel free to provide general responses as well.
Topic Questions:
1. Which of the three Alternatives (A- No Action, B- New Route Construction (NPS Preferred Alternative), C- Existing Disturbance Construction) do you like the most? Please explain.
2. Do the three Alternatives provide a reasonable range of alternatives or is there another alternative that should be addressed?

3. Do you agree with allowing bicycle use on the identified existing park trails and administrative roads?
4. Do you have any other thoughts, ideas or comments regarding the two stacked loop trail systems and/or bicycle use on trails and administrative roads in the park?
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